Dr. Cindy Persinger

Associate Professor


Department of Culture, Media, and Performance

Biography

Cindy Persinger's research focuses on the development of the discipline of art history in the United States and its relationship to the political events of the 20th century. In addition to historiography, her areas of interest include European modernism, American art, and the history of photography. In her teaching, she emphasizes the various perspectives from which we understand art objects. She enjoys introducing the students in her large appreciation and survey courses to visual arts and architecture from around the globe. Prior to her arrival at California University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2010, she taught art history courses at West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

Books

Co-editor. Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, expected 2020.

Chapters/Articles

  • “What is Socially Engaged Art History?” In Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, expected 2020.
  •  “Reflections on Socially Engaged Art History.” In Socially Engaged Art History and Beyond: Alternative Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Art History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, expected 2020.
  •  Co-author. “Teaching Art History and Writing II: SECAC Conference Panel Review” AHTR Weekly (blog), Art History Teaching Resources, April 27, 2019. 
  •  "Schapiro, Meyer (1904–1996)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism: Taylor and Francis, 2016. https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/schapiro-meyer-1904-1996.
  •  Co-author.  “Wittgenstein at Cultural Criticism: Clement Greenberg as Wittgensteinian Critic.” In Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and Art, 78-80. Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2016.
  •  Review of Virginia B. Evans: An All-Around Artist, by John A. Cuthbert. West Virginia History 8, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 98-99.
  •  “Reconsidering Meyer Schapiro and the New Vienna School.” Journal of Art Historiography 3 (2010). http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/arthistoriography/number3december2010/.
  •  Review of “Daguerreotypes Past and Present” at the Daguerrreian Society. Afterimage 35, no.1 (2007): 31-32.
  • B.A., French, Kent State University
  • M.A., French Translation, Kent State University
  • M.A., Art History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., Art History with a certification in Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Email: persinger@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4862

Office: Morgan Hall Room 251